The King and I: LeBron's Chef Reveals All!

A former chef for LeBron James dishes on the NBA superstar's favorite foods

When NBA superstar LeBron James wants breakfast, he’s all about cereal. Not just any cereal, mind you. According to his former personal chef, Glenn Lyman, his favorites are Trix and Fruity Pebbles (now you know why Nike made the LeBron James Fruity Pebbles kicks).

Lyman (or “G,” James' nickname for him) worked for King James for five years. In an interview with Charlotte Magazine, he talks about cooking for him.

“I had just started my home-cooking business and my wife was the manager of the building where he was living in Cleveland. He was just eighteen. His business manager said he needed a good pregame meal. I said, ‘All right, what does he like?’ He said one of his favorite meals was chicken and shrimp pasta. After the meal I was putting away the pots and his manager said ‘King James will see you now.’ I went in, met LeBron, and he told me he liked my food. He left me two tickets to the game.”

What did Lyman cook for LeBron on a regular basis? “He burned so many calories a day he could pretty much eat anything. He had no body fat on him; it was my job to keep at least a little on him. He doesn’t eat a lot of red meat or pork. He eats tons of poultry—chicken, fish, shrimp, turkey, and a lot of pasta and vegetables. Over the five years I probably made 300 different things for him. A guy with that much money can eat whatever, wherever he wants, but that’s not what he wanted—he wanted good meals in his own home. And he loves Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey ice cream!”

Want to eat like King James? It’s quite simple: Go for lean protein, pasta and veggies. And if you work out like James, you can have all the ice cream you want!